Killdeer- New Hatchlings

Killdeer are one of the most familiar plovers running the grounds in North America. Named for their vocalization, they are active both day and night. They will often visit well-lit ball fields and parks in the evenings, where they are quite social and vocal. Considered shorebirds, any water...

Common Snapping Turtle

In Early May, American Snapping Turtles begin to rise from the depths of the ponds where they have been wintering. Called estivating, these turtles will spend the entire winter submerged in the mud in the bottom of ponds and streams. Then, seeing the light and feeling the warmth of the early...

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird...

When you are only two inches high, protecting your special patch of flowers for your food source becomes a demanding job; you are always on duty. Sitting nearby, you must be ever vigilant for intruders, which must be immediately chased off. North America’s only breeding hummingbirds, the...

Bluets and Ebony Jewelwin...

Bluets and Damselflies are small invertebrates belonging to the group Odonata. Along with their cousins, dragonflies, they are members of the oldest insect species–dating back to over 200 million years. Spending most of their lives as larva, or nymphs, they live in ponds and lakes...

Baltimore Oriole

After wintering in Central America, these Baltimore Orioles have selected a perfect nesting spot; high in a cottonwood tree. The Female Oriole alone weaves the nest for the brood. It can take her a week or more to construct the sturdy, tightly woven basket. Using grasses, bark, wool and even...

Meet the Spring Peeper

When you are only an inch long, you have special issues. Being heard above all others so you can find a mate, can be a problem. And, with wetlands diminishing, space is a challenge. Meet the Northern Spring Peeper. Called “pinkletinks” or “tinkeltoes” in some areas of the...

Tree Swallows and New Fle...

Tree Swallows are cavity nesters. Choice locations are holes in trees, but they readily take to man-made nest boxes. The male diligently guards the nest box from predators such as House Sparrows or Red Squirrels, while the female builds the nest and incubates. Young swallows spend most of...

Trumpeter Swans in Icy Sp...

Spring does not always bring early warmth. These Trumpeter Swans are spending this cold spring grouped together, patiently waiting for warm rain to open more waterways. The adults, living to 20 years or more, measure four feet high with a wingspan of seven feet. Once hunted to near...

Wilson’s Snipe

The Wilson’s snipe is a common shorebird that enjoys the wet, grassy areas of early spring melt-water ponds. It uses its long, flexible bill to probe the ground; searching out earthworms and small invertebrates. As seen here, during the breeding season, the snipe exploits its flashy tail to...

Great Blue Heron Early Sp...

Even before the snow has left us completely, the Great Blue Herons arrive in the rookeries. The first males to arrive get the prime, strongest nest sites within the rookery. These same nests may be used year after year, or new ones built. They defend their territory from other males, eagerly...